Two Gilchrist County cops were shot and killed Thursday afternoon in Trenton, Fla., by gunman in lunchtime horror ambush
Sergeant Noel Ramirez and Deputy Sheriff Taylor Lindsey, both died from injuries sustained when a suspect opened fire through the window
At about 3pm, Ramirez, 30, and Lindsey, 25, were eating at Ace China in Trenton, Fla, when gunman shot them through a window
After attack the shooter then entered a car in the parking lot and turned the gun on himself
When other deputies arrived just after 3pm on Thursday found all three dead The suspect has not been identified and the motive remains unclear
Sergeant Noel Ramirez [left], and Deputy Sheriff Taylor Lindsey [right], were eating at the Ace China restaurant in downtown Trenton, Fla., when the assailant fatally shot them through a window before turning the weapon on himself
Two Florida deputies who were killed in an ambush by a gunman who opened fire through the window of a Chinese restaurant in Trenton, Florida on Thursday afternoon have been named as Sergeant Noel Ramirez and Deputy Sheriff Taylor Lindsey.
At about 3pm, Ramirez, 30, and Lindsey, 25, were eating at the Ace China restaurant in downtown Trenton, when the assailant fatally shot them before turning the weapon on himself.
When other deputies arrived at the scene in northern Florida, about 35 miles west of Gainesville, they found the two officers suffering gunshot wounds and the shooter dead in a vehicle outside of the business. Both deputies died from their injuries.
Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Sergeant Noel Ramirez and Deputy Sheriff Taylor Lindsey were the two officers killed in a tweet Thursday evening
Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office told residents to stay away from an area where the attack happened and confirmed no other suspects were at large.
They later confirmed the names of the two officers in a tweet, which read: ‘Sergeant Noel Ramirez. Deputy Sheriff Taylor Lindsey. Our heroes, killed in the line of duty today, April 19th, at the Ace China in Trenton. We’ll continue to serve you. For them.’
The state’s Attorney General, Pam Bondi, said: ‘My heart breaks with the tragic news of two Gilchrist deputies who were senselessly killed today while in the line of duty.
‘My deepest condolences and prayers are with their families while they mourn the devastating loss of their loved ones.’
Orlando Police said: ‘We are heartbroken to learn that two Gilchrist County Sheriffs Office deputies were killed in the line of duty today. OPD stands in grief with their families and fellow deputies.’
Sgt. Ramirez [left], and Deputy Lindsey [right], were hailed as ‘the best of the best’ by Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office There was a heavy police presence outside the restaurant following the shooting on Thursday
The sheriff’s earlier statement read: ‘At approximately 3.00pm, two Gilchrist County Deputy Sheriffs were shot and killed in the Ace China restaurant in downtown Trenton, after a suspect walked up to the business and shot both deputies through the window.
‘As fellow deputies responded to the scene, they found the shooter deceased outside the business, and both Deputy Sheriffs dead from their wounds.
‘At this point, it remains an active criminal investigation with no apparent motive or indications as to why this tragedy occurred.
‘Sheriff Bobby Schultz has been on scene throughout the afternoon with his deputies and their families, notifying additional loved ones.’
At about 3pm, the two Gilchrist County Deputy Sheriffs were inside the Ace China restaurant in downtown Trenton, when a suspect walked by and fatally shot them through a window [photo]
The sheriff later said at a news conference: ‘They were the best of the best.
‘What do you expect happens when you demonize law enforcement to the extent it’s been demonized? Every type of hate, every type of put down you can think of, the only thing these men were guilty about was protecting you and me.
‘They just wanted to get something to eat. And to do their jobs,’ he added, before saying the killings had hit him ‘like a ton of bricks’.